How to calculate the length of thread on the shuttle? This is a question that arises when you start tatting.
There are methods, of course, but my rationalist mind needs scientific calculations. So I developed a spreadsheet that you can download below.
Note: I entered parameters according to my personal measurements for 50 double stitches. You can change them.
In addition, I made an English translation. File parameters are provided for centimeters, but it can be changed for inches.
Example of use to calculate the length of thread on the shuttle:
Imagine this pattern (drawn randomly for the example):
There is 2 big rings: ring 1.
On the rings 1, I count 8 + 2 + 2 + 8 = 20 double stitches
The little rings (ring 2) count 8 + 8 = 16 DS
There is also 4 chains with 4 double stitches.
I fill out my spreadsheet as follows:
So I need 50.24 cm on my shuttle … well it’s an estimate: it does not take into account everything (picots, beads etc.). Take an extra margin!